Thursday, 28 March 2013

Several things...

Firstly, I made a new page for this blog, on which I will put pictures of Holy Week at the Birmingham Oratory. Secondly, recently I discovered a really good blog, which has lots of good Catholic book reviews, Absolutely No Spin. Thirdly, if you are in the Birmingham area for Holy Week, the Oratory will have Tenebrae according to the 1961 breviary at 9:30 on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Oh and the triduum will be in want I call the Extraordinary-Ordinary form! (In other words, the OF said like the EF!) I think that is all...

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A combination of ideas...

My last post was supposed to be a little bit longer, but being in north Wales with a very limited internet connection meant that the main part of my post ended up somewhere between the publish button and my blog. I might be able to find it somewhere, if I do, I will repost it. If not as I have totally forgotten what I wrote, it will stay wherever it is!
 Anyway moving on to my actual post. Seeing as King Richard III will not be getting a good Catholic burial, here is an idea I had;
(Of course, I have not ruled out the possibility of marching into York Minster or wherever with an army of Catholics led by a prominent blogger or one of two Bishops (Or both of them!), seizing the mortal remains of His Majesty, and taking them to the Birmingham Oratory, with Pontifical High Mass at the Faldstool (Or even at the Throne!!!) followed by the 5 absolutions... We can dream on..!) 
We get someone important to invite His Holiness, Pope Francis (Or His Holiness, Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus) to celebrate the traditional Requiem Mass for His Majesty, thereby killing two birds with one stone. His Majesty gets a Catholic 
Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form, and His Holiness (One of the two!) celebrates an Extraordinary Form Mass. I know that it would be a long shot, but it is slightly more likely to happen than my idea about how to solve the national debt crisis! If His Holiness offered to celebrate the Requiem Mass, whoever is organising the service could not refuse, could they? Oh and I forgot to mention, some of the Monks of Fontgombault Abbey would have to be invited to sing the Mass, the Requiem Mass sounds the most beautiful when they sing it, and get a different choir in to sing a couple of polyphonic motets!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Adopt a cardinal


Mom and I have adopted cardinals....
Elizabeth(6) wants to know which room they'll be having and what we have to feed them...!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Full in the panting heart of Rome,

With a difference. While Mom and Dad were in Rome, (I still need to add some pictures of that. Must ask Dad for them...) my sisters and I were in the Lake District with some friends. Among other things, just for example climbing 10ft high boulders, some of us went wading up to our waist in a river, in water-proof trousers and wellingtons (I was not in that group!), late night discussions about the horrors of grammar and some nice walks. Oh and did I mention that we composed a version of Full in the panting heart of Rome suitable for singing in a period of Sede Vacante!  Here is verse 2, just for example:

The golden roof, the marble walls,
The Vatican’s majestic halls,
The note redoubles, till it fills
With echoes sweet the seven hills
Chorus: God bless Cardinal Burke,
God bless Cardinal Burke,
God bless Cardinal Burke and make him Pope!

It was sung quite a few times, although not quite as many as this awful joke:
There once were two cats, an English cat and an French cat. The English cat was called One-two-three, and the French cat was called Un-deux-trois. One day they decided to have a race across the channel. Guess who won.
One-two-three won because Un-deux-trois quatre cinq!

It doesn't sound very good written down, but when you hear it for the first time, it sounds quite good... But by the 50th time it losing its edge...... Dad did record it on his phone, so when he gets back from work, I will try and put a recording of us singing it on here.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Can't cope without the Pope?

Here are 3 unlikely, but possible things that might happen to take your mind off things:

1. Cardinal Burke is elected Pope. (Yay!!)

2. I am elected Pope! (In which case 2 of my friends will commit suicide and this blog will get loads more pageviews!!)

3. His Holiness Benedict XVI decides that his new title is way too long and changes his mind about resigning!